I know it sounds crazy, but water is having a moment. There's coconut water, protein water, cactus water, and lemon water. And now, a KIND trend report predicts maple water will be the next big hit .
What is maple water?
Maple water is water that comes from a maple tree-duh. "To get maple syrup, farmers tap the tree and collect the sap, which is 98 percent water," says Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, author of The No-Brainer Nutrition Guide For Runners.
People are into it because maple water has less than half the sugar found in most coconut waters. " A 12-ounce bottle has about 30 calories and 7 grams of sugar. "
Are there benefits of maple water?
Well, for starters, it's lower in calories than you may think. "A 12-ounce bottle has about 30 calories and 7 grams of sugar," says Maggie Michalczyk, MS, RD . "Maple water also has manganese, which helps with calcium absorption and regulating blood sugar."
Maple water may be a good option for any soda or juice fanatics. "This is a less sweet alternative that can help you cut the sugar way back," says Rizzo.
Should you try maple water?
If you want to drink maple water, go ahead (again, it's better than soda).
If you want to give maple water a try, drink it before or after a workout for some electrolytes, she says.